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Europe Trip Diary #8 29th April

So I leave once again! I have left my humble abode I have spent the last almost 2 weeks in.  It was a sad departure as I left all the horses and the friends I have made in my short time here.  I was gifted a collage of photos durring my time there and some chocolate from my good friend Federica.  I was also gifted a jacket from my host family with their logo on which was so kind of them and will come in handy in New Zealand's rain.
  I genuinely adored my stay in Sardinia and had such a fantastic time.  I loved being back with the horses and I was privileged to ride Getano a dressage horse  almost everyday.  He's gorgeous and huge.  I looked like a dot on him but it was so nice to ride a horse with such fancy movements.  I called him bambino cavallo which means baby horse in Italian as he is only young and loved to nibble on everything and was incredibly looky with everything.

My time in Sardinia consisted of to much pizza for one to consume in two weeks, every flavour of gelato…

Europe Trip Diary #6 16th April 2016

Hallo, hello, bonjourno!
I write to you all whilst aboard my flight from Geneva to Olbia, Sardinia.  I left my humble abode which has embraced my presence for the last couple my months at the crack of dawn this morning.  I myself am surviving on about 10 minutes of sleep in the last 24 hours as I partied a little to hard last night, lets be honest here.  Morzine life is definitely not so easy on the liver.   It was a very sad departure as I feel as though not only has Morzine taught me to grow up and live on my own but I also experienced so many new adventures and met some amazing people in my few short months there.
I can now say I am a much more seasoned skier after my time in Morzine and have grown to love the mountains and being attached to a set of skis everyday.  I do have to admit however there were definitely times where I struggled and ended up crying at the top of a mountain but I managed to pull myself through the scary slopes and always felt accomplished and proud of myself …

Europe Trip Diary #7 21/4/16

Wow! It has been a journey!
Sardinias railway systems are certainly difficult and stressfull and with a language barrier it was about 10 times more difficult than it could have been.  I finally made it here in Cagliari after a transfer, a plane ride, lots of waiting and two trains and I have finally arrived thanks to the generosity of those at the train station that helped me.
It's so beautiful already! I love the old rustic look of Italian architecture.  A lot of yellow and orange houses scattered throughout the green grass.  
I'm definitely not accustomed to the heat aswell! Stress mixed with me wearing clothes to cope with the cold in Geneva and the fact I haven't felt anything anywhere near warm temperatures in a very long time calls for a bit of a sweaty mess!
I have spent the last few days cleaning stables, feeding the horses, sweeping, and washing and treating the ponies for lice as well as some riding.  It is quite relaxing here in the afternoons however in the morning…

Europe Trip Diary Entry #5 4th April, 2016

Hello everyone! How are we all? I hope you had a fantastic Easter.  
I understand Easter was over a week ago but I thought I would recall my Easter for those of you who care.  I began my Easter morning in one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been in.  Being in church on that Sunday morning brought a very melancholy feeling upon me.  I sat in church all alone when I am used to spending every Easter in church with my family at home.  Being in church made me miss my family more than ever however I realised that although I didn't understand the language (it was a French mass) nor did I know anyone I felt welcome there.  I felt like we were all a family of people , accepting of each other despite us being a large variety of cultures and language we were all there together for the same reason.  It felt very homely and made my Easter away from home a lot easier.
I spent that next part of my day doing my food shopping and eating chocolate before going out for dinner with a group…

Europe Trip Diary Entry #4 22nd, March 2016

Hello everyone!
I found a pretty little spot by Lac de Motriond on a walk the other week!

Long time no see I know! I apologise for my lack of posts I have been very busy.   I thought I would inform you that I am in fact still alive and well! I am still enjoying my time in Morzine however I haven't achieved much mountain time unfortunately due to myself getting ill again (suprise suprise I know!) I feel like I recover from one illness and onto another!  I am hoping to hit the slopes hard in my last segment of my stay here in the next couple of weeks or so and even get a few lessons and conquere some more challenging runs and improve my confidence.
We had a massive downpour of snow a couple of weeks ago however since then it hasent snowed at all and the weather has really warmed up resulting in pretty average snow right at the minute.  All of us here are just crossing our skis for another downpour, however it is slightly doubtful as we are now heading into spring.  
We are now entering t…


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Europe Trip Diary entry #3

Hello everyone! 
My life here has slowed down slightly after the excitement of new places and new beginnings!
Tamsin and I have been super busy and unfortunately haven't been able to spend much time up the mountain.  I have also managed to catch a horrible cold so have spent my days off over the weekend recouperating which includes Netflix, hot chocolates and naps.  Naps seem to be a very regular thing amongst the seasonaires here.  Seasonaires are the people who stay and work here for the winter season.
I have, since I last spoke to you managed to have a few nights out and enjoy the nightlife out here which is really good.  I have also met a few really lovely people here and made some friends which makes this part of the world slightly less daunting and more like home.
I have been away for a month today! That seems really crazy as I feel like it's gone so quickly.  For those of you who didn't think I could survive out of the family home! I've made it this far haven't …

Europe Trip Diary Entry #2 13th Feb

I've arrived in Morzine! 
It's lovely here and I have enjoyed my first week.  It's a nice, quant little town and I have enjoyed the low key lifestyle and friendly faces.  Tamsin and I have settled into our little flat and have done a few food shops and even managed to go skiing a couple times.  I am just learning to ski but am already feeling relatively confident on the green and the occasional blue runs.
It is definitely quite a few degrees cooler here than back home although I have packed so that I am well equipped for the harsh French winter (apart from snow boots, which I have since purchased.) It's quite refreshing to wake up and walk outside to the cold crisp air and it's incredibly beautiful to be walking in a winter wonderland with snow all around.  
Here are some photos of my adventures around the town.

So I hope you enjoyed my little update! I apologise for last weeks post being so late!  I thought I had posted it but clearly not! Anyway, see you next week wi…

Europe Trip Diary Entry #1

Hello everyone! I have arrived in Europe after a very unpleasant 36 hour flight!
The trip so far has been great. We landed at about 6:30 am (Uk time).  I am staying at my friend Tamsins grandparents house which we arrived at around 7:30am.  Once we arrived I introduced myself to her lovely grandparents and got settled into the room I am now writing to you from.
We spent the day unpacking and sorting through things.  We went for a short walk around the local Bramhall park for a breath of fresh air.  We fought our exhaustion and jet lag and managed to stay up until around 7:00pm when we both headed straight to bed to crash.
Bramall Hall

When we woke up the morning after it was around 8:00am and we headed down for some breakfast.  I tried some British cereal which I loved.  We then headed out for the day and took a big red double decker bus to Stockport to do some sneaky shopping in Primark, Claire's and Boots before picking up a sim card at 3.  We then caught another bus to Tamsins othe…

My South Island trip part two!

Hello again! Here is part two of my trip around the South Island with my family earlier this year.  Make sure you check out part one before reading this.
After we spent time exploring around Queenstown we headed off towards Fox Glacier. We arose early that morning as we had a long journey ahead of us.  Although I had a book in hand I felt the need to have my eyes glued to the view outside the car window the entire journey.  
We passed the beautifully clear, blue waters of the Kawarua river and witnessed some shot over jet boat rides and bungy jumps. We also saw the beautiful sights if Mount Aspiring National Park, Mount Cook National Park and Haast Past.   The area surrounding Mount Cook and through that part of the Southern Alps is called the glacier region due to its many glaciers.  Most famously is the Franz Joseph glacier and Fox Glacier.  We visited Fox Glaicer and stayed in the Fox Glacier Lodge …